According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDD), Americans on average get over 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day, with the majority coming from packaged, processed, store bought and restaurant foods. Sodium intake recommendations, released in January 2011, say that adequate intake levels for nine to 50 year olds is only 1,500 mg per day. What to do? Try adding herbs and spices to your foods. Not only do they help foods retain flavor but they also allow us to cut back on sodium/salt.